Regina's Song

Regina's Song

by David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
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Regina's Song by David Eddings, Leigh Eddings

The beloved Eddings writing team, coauthors of the bestselling Belgariad and Malloreon fantasy series, now turn their creative storytelling skills to one of real life’s most mysterious occurrences: the shared biology of twins and the uncanny bonds that arise from it. Part murder mystery, ghost story, and psychological thriller, Regina’s Song masterfully fuses together elements that elicit our deepest, darkest fears. . . .

Twins Regina and Renata are so identical that even their mother can’t tell them apart. Eerily attuned to one another, they often speak together in a secret language no one else can understand. Then tragedy strikes when one of the twins is viciously murdered. The remaining twin is so traumatized, she reverts to the cryptic language she once shared with her sister. What’s more, since identical twins share identical DNA, there is no way to tell which girl was the victim. The parents believe the surviving twin is Renata and have no choice but to commit her to an institution. There she lives, incomprehensible to the rest of the world. Until the day Mark, a family friend, comes to visit and the young girl utters her first intelligible word.

From that day forward Mark spends hours with Renata at the hospital. When she finally begins to communicate again in English, she reveals virtually no memory of the past. Mark remains a strong link between Renata and her former life–a fact that drives him to a resolute sense of responsibility for the fragile girl. Brilliant and beautiful, Renata gradually reacclimates herself to the outside world. But she is far from recovered. Her nightmares grow steadily more frightful, followed by wild fits of hysteria and dark mood swings.

Meanwhile, as Seattle is plagued by a grisly serial killer, Mark has a terrifying realization: the murders coincide with Renata’s strange outbursts. Could she be the killer? Determined to dispel his suspicion, he stakes out Renata’s home. But his nocturnal vigils do nothing to ease his fears. For the unholy sight he witnesses on one of Seattle’s most bone-chilling winter nights will haunt his soul for the rest of his life. . . .


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345454799
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/25/2002
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 756,766
File size: 511 KB

About the Author

David Eddings published his first novel, High Hunt, in 1973, before turning to the field of fantasy and The Belgariad, soon followed by The Malloreon. Born in Spokane, Washington, in 1931, and raised in the Puget Sound area north of Seattle, he received his bachelor of arts degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 1954, and a master of arts degree from the University of Washington in 1961. He has served in the United States Army, has worked as a buyer for the Boeing Company, and has also been a grocery clerk and a college English teacher.

Leigh Eddings has collaborated with her husband for more than a dozen years.

David and Leigh Eddings live in the Southwest.


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Regina's Song 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It's a great story, part mystery, part thriller. The writing is excellent and the characters really cool. I reccomend this book for every real Eddings fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My adoption moms name is Regina. -James Austin Charming
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest and say that the first time I read this, I was disappointed. I adore Eddings and deeply regret not meeting him when he was living. This book threw me, as it is not in the style I've come to expect in his (and his wife's) writing, but upon rereading the book, I realize it stands on its own. Yes, some parts are not as well fleshed as they could be, but this is true of many books. I enjoyed his charecters, especially the twin twist, and while the ending flowed the way I expected, the slight twist at the very end really shook me initially, as I was blind-sided by it. This book is similiar to High Hunt and The Losers, so if you like this, I highly recommend the others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book all the way up until the end. I felt the ending wasn't as developed as it could have been and I was left not fully satisfied with the story. The topic is great and this book could have been phenomenal BUT there was something lacking. Although I can't quite put my finger on what... characters for one, the ending second. I think from two authors who don't mind writing over 1000 pages for one fantasy novel, they could have done a better job with it. The subject itself is fascinating and if nothing else, at the end, you'll feel like you need to do more research on identical twins and the way they function.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It is really very good! Original and new! But the writing is as good as ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first became a fan of the Eddings duo when I read the Belgariad series and fell in love. I have read other works by them and have enjoyed them. So I went into this book with high hopes. Boy was I disappointed. This book reads as if it was a first novel by a mediocre writier. The dialogue was unbelievable.....not to mention some of the events that happen to the plot. I found it very difficult to read the entire book and seriously thought about putting it down several times. If you are a fan of Eddings then run away from this book as fast as you can! This is a horrible book which drags on to an even more horrible ending! If this is the first book of their's that you have read.....please don't think their other novels are like it. Their other books are so much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It isn't high literature, but it is a very good read. I actually liked this more than the Belgariad. It had a little more edge to it. They do tend to just totally skip any foreshadowing and just hand you major plot points, but the characters are well written and pleasantly quirky. It is a decent mystery and I would love to see these characters again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the work that David Eddings has produced and this by far was the worst story i have read. The dialogue gets to the point that it is annoying, the story feels more like a list of things ie. I went to the bookshelf, i picked up the book, i walked to the desk etc. Its horribly boring and a dissappointment to people who loved Eddings' style of writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
first of all this book is nothing like the eddings' previous works, save perhaps for high hunt. while it does leave some unanswered questions, so does every other book ever written. if you enjoy the style of the belgariad-malloreon and elenium-tamuli as opposed to only liking the story, you should find this an enjoyable read. the story, while not fully developed, is good, but, as with all eddings books, what makes this one a keeper are the entertainingly idiosyncratic characters and storytelling. all in all, while it doesn't live up to the belgariad-malloreon, this book is still very much worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first bought this book because i loved the Eddings' fantasy work; I wasn't even sure I would ever get around to reading it but Im really glad I ran out of reading material over spring break. I honestly couldn't put the book down, but i just found that I was in the minority on that one. Sure, I think they could have developed the woman/wolf song more, elaborated the characters and made the dialouge a little more believable, but I read for entertainment only. I don't like to spend all my free time dissecting books like I have to do every other day in Honors English, but I guess I'm the only one anymore who doesn't have to go over the book with a fine-toothed comb for everything that should've been better. Read the book when you have an open mind, if only for an afternoon or two of enjoyment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all he is trying to write a book that isn't in his writing style. He needs to stick with fantasy. All of the books revolving around the Belgariod were awesome. There were some good parts to the book, but the only reason I finished was to see what happens. I wish I could have given him no stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's difficult to believe he once taught English. This book is on par with a freshman creative writing class. The dialogue is painful and repetitious. The plot, although promising, plods endlessly. The middle third of the book can be deleted without loss. I had enjoyed some of his early SF, but it seems Eddings has not improved his craft with time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I adored the fantasy Eddings books but this one is a total disappointment. If it had been written by unknown authors, I'm sure it would never have been published. The dialogue is wincingly bad; often a sentence has not one, but two cliches. Although the plot sounds good it has no suspense and poor delivery. I don't understand how the Eddings can create believable characters in fantasy and such hollow constructions in reality-based fiction. There are so many things wrong with this novel that it could be used in a writing class as what not to do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm giving it three stars. It had lots of potential to be a good plot, but there are some things about it that seem kinda like they where just thrown in. Erica, one of the characters, really had no reason to be there. Most of the characters didn't get the attention they deserved. Only Sylvia and Mark (a little bit) where the only real characters in the book. I think that the eddings' have a ceretian formula that they follow. Two of the stars are for them, because they wrote a book with charcters that weren't poor shades of people from their earlier works. I think in this one they attempted to make it work, but their past expierence got in the way. There was simply too many characters, and some of the character placement should have been changed. For example .. Renata should have been a main character, not just a secondary one. I would have also liked to see some of Mark's students show up in the book as well. This book is, as 3 stars is supposed to imply, okay, but not great.